This book by Dominic Stewart is hilarious. The hapless Hugh Stalwart is a truly funny character, a cross between Basil Fawlty, Hugh Grant, with little bit of Johnnie Wilkinson thrown in. As an Englishman living in Italy, the book finds him constantly baffled in his communications over the weekend he turns fifty. This book does not imply that Italy and the Italians are particularly problematic to the Englishman, but demonstrates, on every page, the Impossibility of Communication, whoever and wherever you are and whatever language you speak - or don't speak! Stewart is an academic linguist of many years' experience with a bottomless curiosity in how people communicate with each other, and the miserable yet amusing failures that can ensue. Brilliant and worth every penny!